What are the goals of drug treatment for osteoarthritis (OA)?

Updated: Jun 10, 2020
  • Author: Carlos J Lozada, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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The goals of pharmacotherapy in osteoarthritis are to reduce morbidity and to prevent complications. To date, no disease-modifying or structure-modifying intervention has been proved effective in osteoarthritis. Pay careful attention to a particular pharmacologic regimen’s adverse-event profile.


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